Letter

17 Aug

 This text is from the Achtiname (ashtinameh or ahdnama) Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad claimed to have been personally bestowed on the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai in the second year of the Hijrah as protection of Christians living under Muslim rule. It was dictated by the Prophet and inscribed by Ali bin Abi Talib. The original was taken to Istanbul by the Ottoman Caliph Selim I in 1517 and replaced with a certified copy.
According to the monks, the Prophet visited the monastery, built at the foot of Mount Sinai where Moses is believed to have received the Ten Commandments, and enclosing the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the burning bush. The living bush on its grounds is purportedly the one seen by Moses. 
St. Catherine’s is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Interfaith marriage

17 Aug

 

“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.

 

No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.

 

No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

 

No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.

 

Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

 

Our ills.

12 May

I do agree and accept it as a cultural land mark Look in the mirror of the nation it is a burned face and chopped nose . This is going on for generations.Have you heard any Khutba in the mosque ? It appears our religion supports it and there is no Hadith against it. Educating women will make them independent and bring up civilized citizen so we burn the schools.Subjugation and keeping a people in bondage is our i fate. No political party talks about feudal except MQM but with their media reputation we don’t have to hear from them. We have to put in concerted efforts to do what is undoable.1 Ask the religious pulpit to raise their voice every Friday against this and other barbarian and unethical issues.Doesn’t Islam teach us to lead a pious life ? Is this not Taqwa ?. 2.School for girls if we want to change the culture in the long run and bring prosperity to the country. 3. Mother of all problems , the feudal system to release people from subjugation and bondage and make the country the granary of Umma if not for others. Alas this will not happen as our ruling class is busy in victimization and we have no visionary as well as quality of people is poor because of mental subjugation and the kind of Islam we practice.

Madrassa

8 Mar
    • Sir, its a vast subject in itself. However I will try to give you a very short glimps of it.

      The history of Madrasa education in India starts with the establishment of Maktabs and Madrasas in the towns of Sind, Dabel, Mansura, Multan by the Arab traders and settlers in 10th Century. Oudh, Multan, Lahore, Khairabad, Patna, Surat, Delhi, Agra, were the main centres of Madrasa education and Islamic studies. They multiplied during the period of Muhammad Ghouri, Iltutmish, Allauddin Khilji, Tughloq and Sikandar Lodhi. The surveys revealed that in 1995 there were about 125000 Madrassas in India. The Madrassas has provided us qualified leaders in religious as well as Social and Political spheres.

      However, the education in these institution were short of definite aims and objectives, unscientific approaches, lack of basic facilities like buildings, classrooms, furniture, blackboards and other equipments. The teachings techniques were traditional and outdated, lacking coordination between sects, defective system of examination and evaluation, poor financial conditions of teachers and institutions, lack planning and coordination etc. Madarassas are also lacking in innovations, experimentation and researches. A lot of thought have gone into it to integrate them with modern education system of the country. The linkages were established between these madarassas authorities and training institutes of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. Madarassas now have linkages with main stream Universities like Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh University etc. A lot of emphasis is also provided to education of Muslim and rural girls who are lagging behind in Indian education system.

      The Ministry of Human Resources Development, GOI has made an elaborated “Scheme to Provide Quality Education in Madrasas (known as SPQEM Scheme). It is for qualitative improvement in Madrasa education to integrate them with national education system. To know details about the Scheme and its working please visit:http://mhrd.gov.in/qualityeduc… .

      The Zakat Foundation of India is also helping a lot in this direction. Please visit:http://www.zakatindia.org/SPQE… . Just a search hit to ‘SPQEM Scheme’ will make you understand the working of this movement in different states of India.

       
       
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        thoughtpurification  SKChadha • 2 days ago

        Thank you for your elaborate answer.We are 98% muslim country and a system of education on the model of AMU will be a good model. Up to high school we do not need brain washing system but rather brain developing system in 98% of the population. Christian western models are another useful system

         
         
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          SKChadha  thoughtpurification • 2 days ago

          Thanks, One has to select the best from all systems for human growth in this competitive world.

           
           
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            thoughtpurification  SKChadha • a day ago

            System for growth should divorce religion .

             
             
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              SKChadha  thoughtpurification • a day ago

              I disagree, Sir.

              To me no religion, faith or deen teach us to do it. We have many Institutions in India apart from Aligarh Muslim University’ and they are of International acclamation. Such Islamic centers include ‘Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi’, ‘Hamdard University, New Delhi’, ‘Osmania University, Hyderabad’ Aliah University, Kolkata’, ‘Anjuman-i-Islam, Mumbai’, ‘Darul Uloom Deoband, Saharanpur’. Please visit their sites and understand the work performed by them in the field of education and training. It is not only Islamic educational centers which are on focus. The institutions of other faiths (only few mentioned) include like ‘Banaras Hindu University, Banaras’, ‘Gurukul Kangdi Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar’, ‘Magadh University, Bodh Gaya (Buddhism)’, ‘Christ University, Bangalore’ and hundreds of Christian Collages affiliated to Churces of North and South India providing quality education to pupil. The need is of their integration and exchange of thoughts for betterment of mankind.

              ‘Madrasatul Uloom’ was also founded by Syed Ahmad Khan in 1875 at Aligarh with this intent. Syed Ahmad was painfully conscious of the plight of Indian Muslims who were blissfully ignorant of the various developments in the field of Western sciences and philosophy and wallowed in a state of nostalgia about their glorious feudal past. Syed Ahmad realized the need of the hour – the desperate need of the Muslims to acquire contemporary education and learn the English language, which the conservatives resisted as the language spoken by the ‘mushriks’. He launched, with a missionary zeal, to establish a madrasa, a school where the Indian Muslim youth would receive definite guidelines about their future. Keeping in mind the Islamic concept of ‘deen’ balanced with ‘duniya’. This was foundation of what the entire world sees today as ‘Aligarh Muslim University’. The Centre for Promotion of Science, Aligarh Muslim University is doing commendable job to integrate Islamic values with modern requirement of the humanity.

               
               
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                thoughtpurification  SKChadha • a day ago

                What you wrote is right .but when religion is integrated with growth as a national policy then it is injurious, By the way the institutions which you mentioned happened under non religious system,. Syed Ahmad Khan was opposed and abused by the religiously inclined individuals and organizations. See what Taliban did in Afghanistan tough they are sitting more than trillion $ of wealth underground.

                 
                 
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                  SKChadha  thoughtpurification • 16 hours ago

                  I do not deny what you said. It is correct that institutions which I mentioned were established during British Period. However, the Indian history what we read can’t forget the contribution of Akbar in education which continued during the period of Shahjahan and Jahangir. Read about education in India at: http://www.nios.ac.in/media/do… . Read page 259-261 about Mughal contribution in promoting education. Read in more detail at: http://www.shvoong.com/humanit… .

                  It is also true that Mughal’s were invaders and nobody accept invaders. But when we discuss historical facts, most of us believe that we have neither been indoctrinated by our main stream educational institutions/ government nor any move in this direction is acceptable to communities.

True Leader

8 Dec

As I said before hang around and you will agree with me. Pakistan is in my blood and I am like a brick in the foundation, I feel every jolt. I do not believe in speculation though I hear many because of knowing people with knowledge in Lahore . Anybody who has done wrong wether CJ , Musharraf , Zardari . Sharif and their Holiness the “Mullah ” should bear the consequences. We have to be purist for the love of our country. My criteria is in strict constitutional democracy and fair periodic elections . Parliament should be supreme , though one may see the tyranny of majority once in a while , if that happens let the voters take care of it . Micromanagement by any institution should not be allowed. Secular set up allows complete freedom of basic human values including freedom of religion and not otherwise with theocracy which is a permanent community tyranny imposed on populace. A theostatic culturally muslim state was the aim of Pakistan movement. If you follow the historical evolution since 1906 you will find that it was the aim in a secure defined borders , Many leaders over time played there part and died. Nobody was better or superior including Gama on Allama Iqbal Road in Lahore. Jinnah took the command at the end of the line and did his job well. He is the Father of the Nation and his words are final. Zardari , Kyani and Iftikhar are history. We can dissect their acts but they should not have any bearing on the present decision making. Thats how democracy evolves.You are living in one of the most democratic country. See what happens to ex president. The sanctity given to the elected president over rules everything and thats why I respected Zardari . I did not care for him with dubious history. He was elected by the biggest majority in Pakistan history with fair election. Credit should be given to him for diluting the power of presidency and gave away the authority which brought difficulties in the past. He also was the glue which held the democratic institution together and for the first times in history had a peaceful transfer of power after a full term. You know how Sharif brothers and CJ made things difficult for him. Thats why I call him a master politician. If we can separate Musharraf the dictator to Musharraf the leadr then lot of credits are due to him, Local government reform with Nazim system was an excellent vehicle to train politicians, administrators , local control and Psyche for political maturity. Establishment of 62 institution of higher learnings , development of Independent media will be remembered as his everlasting contribution unless they are reversed. I wish Sharif brothers will come out of traders mentality but I think there is genetic deficiency. $ 4.2 million watch is hard to explain. I am not writing this to win a cookie point or win an argument but to point out that anybody who has a vision for long term is a true leader. It helps if they are also good administrator.

Solution

22 Nov

Problems have been there for ever, He is recognizing them now and knows no more extensions for him. Our quality of people is poor as they are drawn from a smaller pool. We have dearth of talent We have 2% collage graduates ,not an adequate Critical mass to produce excellence. To remedy it our social structure has to change 95% land is owned by 5%of the people. Our education level is like sub Sahara Africa. We must pay compliment to Musharraf for opening 68 universities . Local government introduced by him is the only way to have participation and training of masses for political awareness and leadership.Its not only changed but fragmented. We are going to be ruled by those who won’t be answerable to us. Our social structure should produce informed productive citizen who are knowledgeable and that can only happen with education and basic political education to masses and agrarian reform and manageable provinces. At the moment we only beg Allah to give us everything in this world without effort and Jannah hereafter and resent the west because they are prosperous. We are talking about Ummah which does not exist an abstract concept unifying 68 extremely diverse people.It is a fool’s paradise.Why there is no Christian , jewish Ummah. Its not there because they are realistic.

Constitution

16 Nov

Logic is simple. We are constitutional democracy which has proven to be the worst form of government for some but there is none better than democracy. It treats people equally. Law is the method of the day If people like you have aversion for Shia traditions , Jirga system , honor killings and lot of other traditions and custom then try to find the answer in the constitution as law abiding citizen. The only yardstick is uniform application of law. True, law may not meet your emotional needs and discomforting events.The best example is if you can understand is the black and white problem in United States for the last 300 years but see who is the president and still 35% whites who in my view are bigots oppose it. We have a system of laws if its not broken by any group then the state should not be concerned and let the masses have individual freedom which is the inalienable right of every citizen.

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